my first taste of Christmas 2013Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Well folks, we are now well and truly into December - and even though it's only been a few days since I last blogged, it honestly feels like ages after blogging every day last month.
Christmas is just around the corner - and with only three weeks to go I have lots of Christmasy posts planned including some of my favourite Christmas treats, Japanese Christmas decorations, Christmas reads and of course a bit of Christmas travel.
This weekend I was in Germany visiting a very dear friend who lives about an hour by train from Stuttgart. We had a girls weekend - lots of catching up over cups of tea, wandering around town, some shopping - and most importantly checking out the local Christmas decorations in her town...
Wooden reindeer surrounded by lots of freshly made garlands.
This little shop smelt lovely.
We also 'made time' on Saturday to stop by Ludwigsburg to visit the Ludwigsburg Christmas Markets for our very first taste of Christmas 2013. Oh it was heavenly...
This was the first stall I saw, and it instantly made made me laugh - what does the Christmas fox say?
We started our explorations by trying the glühwein - that's mulled wine to you. At the Christmas markets in Gemany glühwein normally costs about three euros for a mug, but you also pay a two euro deposit, which you get back on returning the mug. There's lots of different designs, and they can be a great souvenir to take home if you're after one.
our first round of glühwein
our second round of glühwein
At about 4pm the Christmas lights turned on and a warm glow covered Ludwigsburg's market square...
a glittering angel surveys the lively scene
you can't visit a Christmas market in Germany and not pick up a tasty sausage snack :)
a family shopping for Christmas candles
Christmas themed pottery - I picked up some super-cute eggcups here
our third round of glühwein - this time white rather than red
Full of glühwein, Christmas treats and good cheer we decided to knock on the door of a friend who lives right on the square to say hi. We were in luck - she was home...
Christmas window decoration - with the Ludwigsburg Christmas market in the background
view of the Christmas market from our friends dining room - so festive
And in case you're wondering if I brought any of my glühwein mugs home with me - the answer is yes I did. Just one set - I chose the traditional snow scene blue mugs from our fourth round of glühwein, which I think are super sweet. And some yummy lebkuchen (gingerbread).
traditional glühwein mugs and lebkuchen
How's your December going so far?